Here we are, three days after crossing the finish line in Portland. My rear end no longer pains me when I sit, the old man noises have dwindled some and I was able to walk the neighborhood with Michelle.
The bike still sits in the garage and will NOT move for another week, but the body is on its way to recovery.
This was my 4th time on this ride, the first was exactly 10 years ago, and I did it in two days, the rest were all 1 day rides.
Ladies and gents, I am not like most avid cyclists in a couple of ways. First off, I have only one bike, It is my commuter, long distancer, multi day trekker, errand runner, indoor exerciser and over all work horse. I figure I only have one butt, so I only need one bike.
I also NEVER set a mileage goal for the year. I set out to ride as often and as far as I can, but I truly don’t want to put any stress on myself for riding. It’s supposed to be enjoyable. If I set a goal, I will start berating myself if I don’t get ‘enough’ miles each month.
In the past, I used to do a blog post at the end of each month called Racking up the miles. In it, I would recap the month of riding, the amount of miles I accomplished, the high and low points during the month, and share my favorite photos. Somewhere along the way I stopped doing this. Maybe one of these days I will start again.
It is scary how quickly the months are flying by. Between work, kids, house and life in general, suddenly yet another month has passed! In fact, I took a look at the calendar just now and damned if it isn’t already the 6th of this month!!! This is just flat nuts.
Michelle shared a news story today on Facebook, No exaggeration, Between October 1st and March 1st the Seattle area received over 36 inches of rain. Now for the math challenged that is over 3 feet of rain. This winter is doing everything it can to make for the last year, which was dry as a tater chip.
Part of me wanting to be a science teacher way back in the way back days is that I have an affinity for numbers. I have a friend who regularly posts on Facebook that Algebra is evil and will never be used outside the classroom. I always reply that Algebra is your friend, and will always come in handy. I can see her sneer every time I say this!
In my travels I have learned that more so than different religions, political parties, or even WSU and that other school in WA, those who like math and those who don’t will never understand each other. EVER!
I will continue to hope that someday she will see the light… But I digress!
November in the Pacific Northwest is greeted with a bid a trepidation. It is generally our wettest month of the year. It is also, pure and simple, often the wildest weather month of the year. I have seen pounding rain, flooding , major windstorms, and freezing butt cold, ALL in the same month. Wait, that was THIS year! We had all four!
The only thing we didn’t have, much to my wife’s displeasure, is any snow. Though in past years some of the most crippling snows in Seattle have occurred in November.
Thinking back to last year at this time, I remember stressing some about the miles I was getting. To clarify a bit, I am not one of those who sets a goal for a year of a number of miles to hit, then come hell or high water I make it. To me, miles mean exercise, and exercise means staying in shape.
Last year, as the fall hit, I was spending entirely too much time in Spokane training new hires. Since I was in a hotel, I was eating out, and when I eat out I enjoy my food and when I enjoy my food I don’t work out as much (especially when I don’t have a bike) and ,,,,